Tours

Northern Spain and Portugal

NORTHERN SPAIN  AND  PORTUGAL 12D/11N

Valid Until March 2020
 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1     (Wed.) MADRID – ZARAGOZA – SAN SEBASTIAN

Departure from JULIÁ TRAVEL bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente

at 08:30 a.m. Towards Zaragoza. Free time to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of The Pilar, patroness of

Hispanity and stroll through the old streets of Zaragoza. In the afternoon we will continue to San

Sebastian, it’s one of the most famous tourist destinations where they hold the International Film

Festival. Panoramic city tour of this marvel style bourgeois city, seeing the extraordinary landscape

dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach. Accommodation.

 

DAY 2     (Thu.) SAN SEBASTIAN – BILBAO – CASTRO URDIALES – SANTANDER

Breakfast at hotel. We will approach Mount Igueldo, to contemplate the marvellous views of the city and

then proceed towards Bilbao. Panoramic driver in Bilbao and free time on the esplanade where The

Guggenheim Museum is located in order to admire this modern arquitectural building. Proceed to the

old fishing village “Castro Urdiales”. Free time. Departure to Santander, a port city located between the

sea and the mountains, well known for its Sardinero Beach, one of the best known beaches in Spain. Free

time to stroll through this elegant city. Accommodation.

 

DAY 3     (Fri.) SANTANDER – SANTILLANA – COVADONGA – OVIEDO

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santillana, it’s one of the most important historical artistic towns in

Spain. It contains architectural treasures such as the Collegiate of Santa Juliana, a Jewel of the

Romanesque Arquitecture in Cantabria. Continue to Covadonga, where you will have free time to see the

Sanctuary and the Grotto where you will see the patroness of Asturias our Lady of Covadonga. In the

afternoon, departure to Oviedo, where you will see on a series of hills the beauty of Saint Maria de

Naranco Church, Jewel of the pre romanic asturian arquitecture. Free time to explore Oviedo, many of

their streets are pedestrian, where you will be able to see World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, a

splendid example of gothic asturian arquitecture. Accommodation.

 

DAY 4     (Sat.) OVIEDO – LUGO – A CORUÑA

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Galician region. Arrive to Lugo. Free time to be able to contemplate

the Roman remains that still retains like its walls, declared World Heritage. Continuation to La Coruña.

Brief panoramic driver through the main avenues of this fabulous town driving by the Marine Avenue to

admire the elegance of this city with the typical Galician arquitecture of glass house galleries. Brief stop

in one of the wonders of the world the oldest working lighthouse the “Tower of Hercules” dating back

from the roman period. Afternoon at leisure where you can assist an optional tour to the Rias Altas.

Accommodation.

 

DAY 5     (Sun.) LA CORUÑA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Breakfast at hotel. Departure to Santiago de Compostela declared World Heritage as it is one of the most

important centre of Christian Pilgrimages in Spain as the end of the Camino de Santiago route built

during the Roman Empire. City tour where we will see the main square called Obradoiro and also the

Cathedral (entrance included) dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. Afternoon free at leisure to explore the

narrow cobblestone streets and get the feel of the student atmosphere. Accommodation.

 

DAY 6     (Mon.) SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – RIAS BAJAS – LA TOJA – VIGO

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards one of the most marvellous areas of Galicia, the Rias Bajas

(Spanish Fjords). Driving through this magnificent landscape we will arrive to La Toja Island, universally

known for its spa. Free time and continue to the Ria de Arosa, passing through Pontevedra to arrive to

Vigo, situated in the middle of the Rias Baixas. Accommodation.

 

DAY 7     (Tue.) VIGO – VIANA DO CASTELO – BRAGA – PORTO

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Portuguese border. Arrive to Viana do Castelo, city located

between the mouth of the river Miño and Porto. Free time and continue to Braga. Short stop and

continue to Porto. Accommodation.

 

DAY 8     (Wed.) PORTO

Breakfast. Panoramic sightseeing tour of Porto, considered World Heritage city. We admire the

Cathedral, Stock Exchange building and Santa Clara church. In the afternoon, possibility of an optional

visit to a famous winery with tasting of its world-famous “port wine”. Accommodation.

 

DAY 9     (Thu.) PORTO – COIMBRA – FATIMA

Breakfast. Departure to Coimbra. City seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace

of Fado. Free time. Then to Fatima. Center of the Christian Faith and World Pilgrimage Sanctuary with its

impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared. The Chapel of the

Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.

At night possibility to attend the procession of the candles. Accommodation.

 

DAY 10     (Fri.) FATIMA – BATALHA – NAZARE – ALCOBAÇA – LISBON

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style

considered a World Heritage place by UNESCO. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré. Free

time and continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) visit the XII C. church and admire the tombs of Pedro

and Inés de Castro and then to Lisbon. Accommodation. Optional night tour to attend a show of Fado,

typical Portuguese song and music.

 

DAY 11     (Sat.) LISBON

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, drive through its main squares

and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum, Monument to the Discoverers,

Marquis of Pombal Square, Liberty Avenue. Afternoon at leisure for you to catch the nostalgic corners of

Alfama Quarter, the old city gathered next to its Castle, with old buildings nested in narrow twisting

“Ruas” full of colour housing the genuine “tabernas” where Fado sounds as a missing past.

Accommodation at the hotel.

 

DAY 12     (Sun.) LISBON – CACERES – MADRID

Departure to Caceres considered as World Heritage place because of the city’s blend of Roman, Islamic,

Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Walk through its Plaza Mayor and the Old Town

with its famous Medieval Quarter. Continue to Madrid. END OF OUR SERVICE.